Masters-Level Traineeship, UNITAR (Geneva, Switzerland)


The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit (MDPU) of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) maintains a traineeship programme for students/recent graduates interested in gaining professional experience in a multicultural environment and enhancing their understanding of the United Nations system.

MDPU designs and delivers the Institute’s core diplomacy training (CDT), consisting primarily of orientation briefings and short, intensive skills development workshops which benefit cumulatively some 2,500 diplomats yearly at the United Nations Headquarters and other venues where the Organization maintains a significant presence.

In line with the Institute’s efforts to improve its training activities, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit is developing a strategic growth plan to enhance development of its framework of training courses and has launched a new on-line Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy and related qualifications. This master’s programme targets government officials involved in bilateral and multilateral negotiations, students and other stakeholders.

Under the supervision of the Associate Programme Officer of UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit, the trainee will assist in the development and coordination of the new Master’s Programme and e-Learning training activities.  The trainee would assist in, inter alia, designing and managing the on-line courses and adapting training content to quality and academic standards. The trainee would also be responsible for assisting in communications and outreach activities.  Typical tasks assigned to the trainee may include the following:

  • To support colleagues in the design and development of the Master in International Affairs and Diplomacy, including developing the skills needed to design new courses and activities to enhance on-line learning.
  • To adapt online training materials and learning packages to quality and academic standards and certification criteria;
  • To liaise directly with partner organisations and beneficiaries in the preparation for the delivery of the Programme;
  • Tasks may include preparing key data such as programme statistics and evaluation reports.
  • To undertake research that may provide necessary input into such training tools and exercises;
  • To assist the Programme in its outreach and communications strategy, especially with regard to community engagement mechanisms.

The tasks assigned may be reviewed during contract period to reflect changes in programme needs and priorities.


Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate degree (within either international relations, education, history, law, political science, languages or a related subject) or be a recent graduate of the aforementioned (if selected, they must commence the traineeship within two years of graduation).

Candidates should also have:  demonstrated interest in training methodologies and especially e-Learning; ability to write in a clear and concise manner; analytical and research skills; administrative and organizational skills to assist in the organization of training activities; computer skills (to deal with e-Learning tools, word processing, excel, power point, internet search, etc.) and a high level of individual responsibility, commitment and initiative.

A high standard in both oral and written English are required.

Candidates should furthermore have an interest in participatory training methodologies and instructional design as well as be motivated to work with monitoring and evaluation.

Knowledge of French and/or Spanish are an advantage.


Please send your CV and motivation letter to with the following subject line: “UNITAR Multilateral Diplomacy Programme Unit: Traineeship (Master)” by 31 October 2019. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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